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Springfield is the largest city on the Connecticut River, in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts, USA, (pop. 160,000.) It sits only 24 miles north of Hartford, Connecticut, and only five miles north of the Connecticut state line. Springfield and Hartford constitute the 2nd largest urban region in New England (nicknamed the Knowledge Corridor) with 1.9 million people, 29 universities and colleges, and 120,000 university students.

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  1. William G. Morgan, created a new game called "Mintonette" in 1895. After a demonstration given at the YMCA in nearby Springfield, the name "Mintonette" was replaced with the now familiar name "Volleyball."
  2. The Basketball Hall Of Fame is located in Springfield.
  3. In 1981, the first basketball game was played in Springfield.
  4. Springfield nicknames include "The City of Firsts", "Hoop City", and "The City of Homes".
  5. Basketball was invented by James Naismith in Springfield.

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